Jewish man wounded in suspected hate crime in Switzerland


(JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish man from Belgium was lightly wounded in an assault in Switzerland that witnesses called an anti-Semitic attack.

The victim of the Monday evening assault in the Davos area is a 26-year-old tourist from Antwerp, according to a report published Wednesday in the online edition of the Swiss Jewish weekly Tachles.

Identified only as A. Wachsstock, the victim was walking toward his car, where his wife and four children were waiting, when a man in his 60s began hitting him and shouting anti-Semitic profanities, including “Juden raus,” or “Jews, get out” in German, the paper reported.

Wachsstock entered his car with lacerations on his right hand from the assault and drove away, Tachles reported. His family witnessed the assault.

Wachsstock filed a police complaint on the incident. No arrests have been made.

In 2011, a French Jewish man was stabbed four times in view of his family man in the parking lot of Geneva’s Natural History Museum while putting a baby carriage in the trunk of his car. The alleged assailant, a man in his 20s, was declared last year unfit to stand trial for mental reasons.

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